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Completed on Time 




Results, Not Excuses" 


Fabricated Steel for more than 2 miles 
of building is the normal Austin Stock 
carried at strategic points in the east 


Typical Austin 

On Saturday, March 16, a 
contract was signed for a com- 
plete building on the property of 
The National Cash Register Co. 
of Dayton, Ohio. March 20 
shows foundations well under 

March 30 

The steel is up. one-third of 

the roof completed, brick work 

under way. 

April 23 

1 1 lienor is practically com- 
plet ed, including heating, 
plumbing, wiring, toilets, and 
sprinkler system. 

Painting is finished and some 
machinery already moved in. 

Finished in 
30 working-days 

omplete unit containing 
58,000 square feet of floor 
and with architectural features 
to conform to other buildings 
of the National Ca^h R< 
Company, was accepted at the 
end of thirty working dayv 

Austin Standard 
Railway Building Units 

An explanation with descriptions, cross- 
sections and illustrations, showing the 
application of Austin Standard Units 
to Typical Railroad Buildings 

Austin Building 


A description of the engineering, 
purchasing and construction facilities 
for the complete erection of Railroad 
Structures in remarkably quick time 

MAY, 1918 


The Austin Company 

CLEVELAND 16112 Euclid Avenue 

Eddy 4500 

NEW YORK 217 Broadway Barclay 8886 CHICAGO 437 Peoples Gas Bldg. 

PHILADELPHIA 1026 Bulletin BIdg. Spruce 1291 DETROIT 1430 Penobscot Bldg. Cherry 4466 

WASHINGTON 1313 H Street N. W. Franklin 6420 PITTSBURGH 493 Union Arcade Grant 6071 

INDIANAPOLIS 717 Merchants* Bank BIdg. Main 6428 

Export Representative: The American Steel Export Co. 
Woolworth Building, New York 

Want Action ? -Wiie AUSTIN 

"I" H F 


The Austin Trade Mark 

HP HE frequent display of the 
Austin trade-mark in advertis- 
ing and on buildings under con- 
struction has made it the subject 
of much comment— often jocular 
comment. One correspondent 
dubbed it "the bow-legged crypto- 
gram." In the interest of brevity 
the Austin men have come to 
know it as "the pretzel." It is 
really a combination of the initials 
"A" and "M" an abbreviation of 
'Austin Method." By whatever 
name it is called, it is recognized 
from coast to coast as standing for 

Quality in Quick Time 
at Low Cost 


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Results -Not Excuses" skf 


The Austin Method 

Standardized plans, backed by stocks of materials and a 

speedy and experienced construction organization 

are meeting present day needs 

HpHE cumulative evidence collected by the Austin Company during its 
1 forty years' experience in the building fields has resulted in a series of 
Austin Standard Factory Buildings which have been duplicated many times 
and are in service at various points from Maine to California. The prompt- 
ness with which these standards have been erected has led to the slogan, 
"Want action? — wire Austin. " 

In the railway field, the same engineers who co-operated to establish 
standards for rails, bridges and equipment, are now adopting the idea of 
standardized buildings. 

Working with the designing and engineering departments of many 
of the leading railroads, the Austin Company has developed a series of 
Railway Buildings including warehouses, freight stations and repair- 
shops, which apply Austin standard units of construction. 

Remarkably quick construction of these standards is possible 
because most of the work is done before the order is received. Plans are 
standardized and ready. Specifications are prepared and basic costs 
figured. Structural steel is ready fabricated and other materials are in 
stock or easily obtained in the standard sizes used. 

The plans illustrated in this booklet are basic standards which are 
capable of adaptation to individual requirements. For instance, any 
Austin Standard building is capable of expansion in width or length in 
standard multiples, and the height may be varied at will. 

In fact the Austin organization is prepared to furnish any industrial 
type of structure built of steel, concrete, brick and wood, and to guarantee 
satisfactory completion on time. 

Eight district organizations are ready at all times to render prompt 
and efficient designing, estimating and construction service. Many times 
the co-operation of Austin engineers with the designing department of the 
railway will result in slight changes which do not effect the building itself 
but which will allow the use of standard units which will reduce both time 
and cost. 

The Austin Company is prepared to work on a lump sum or a per- 
centage basis contract, and is ready with plenty of men, materials 
and equipment for high speed service. 

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ection / Inbound Freight Station. 

In-bound and Out-bound 
Freight House Units 

1 1 Lineal Feet in 60 Working Days 

These units are the result of a study ol the 
/lard types oi houses used by a large number ol 
important Steam railroad trunk lines. Tin 
form to the specifications set down by tin American 
Rail gineerin iation aa io cleanu 

widl ' otha i neral featun 

Thi rool trusses on I hese buildii 

.1 slate rool on wooden sheathing and pui I 

rill aNo carry tile or composition 
tee) i- purchased unci imerican 

ty for Testi rials sp< 

or build- d the fal 

.inch will meet thf 
i ritical requin ments. 

h ol these building ui 
rd panel ]» vhich ha «nd 

d platform construction with continuous slid- 


flict with the Austin method of I 

or with rwx 


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Cross section of an Austin Freight Storage Warehouse built for the U. S. Government. 

Austin Standards for 
Freight Storage Warehouses 

1000 Feet in 60 Working Days 

This building is one hundred feet wide, has a 
single row of columns and can be furnished in any 
length in multiples of twenty feet. If a wider build- 
ing is required this building may be extended in 
multiples of fifty feet. The height may be varied 
as required. The platform slopes toward the track 
and all dimensions have been standardized to meet 
railroad requirements. 

It is well ventilated, and lighted, and has broad 
unobstructed areas of floor space, 2,000 square feet 
per column. 

The structural capacity provides for a 1,000- 
pound mono- rail at any panel point. The bottom 
chords of the roof trusses are composed of two angle- 
irons set back to back to take bolts for shaft hangers 
at any panel point. 

This Austin Standard has been built many 
times. Stocks for two miles of this structure 
held in Austin warehouses subject to prior sale. 

Lengths up to 500 feet can be built by the 
Austin Company in 30 working day-. 

The units illustrated 
few of the adaptation- of 
bi nations can readily be 
width from 30 to 100 feet 
multiples oi 20 to 50 feet 
feet. Austin Standards 
freight handling service 
house to the heaviest ty 

on these pages are only a 
Austin Standards. Corn- 
worked out to give any 
in multiples of 10 feet, and 
in any width above 100 
cover the entire rang 
from the 30 foot freight 
pe of mult i -story fireproof 

1.000 square feet of No. 3. built foi 
Products Co. in record tn 

Austin No. 3 Stan 

Schenectady. N Y. 

Austin Standar is include multiple-story fireproof warehouses. 

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Interior of an Austin Standard, 150x500 Feet, Four Lakes Ordnance Co. 


Architectural features may be varied to suit requirements. 

18 to 20-foot headroom in side aisles and provision for crane 
service in center aisle. 

No. 3 with high clearance, for travel : n? cranes, as built for 
the General Electric Company. 

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Austin Standards for 
Freight Car Repair Shops 

500 Feet in 60 Working Days 

Slight modifications of existing Austin Standards 
will produce several types of freight car repair shops, 
identical with those now being used by a number of 
important trunk lines; 

Like other Austin structural steel standards, the 
roof frame is designed for 35 pounds live load. Pro- 
vision is made for a 1,000 pound shafting load at each 
panel point, and each panel point is punched to allow 
for struts which will sustain a load of 2,000 pounds. 
The roof may be of wood or gypsum tile sheathing. 
Provisions can be made in the columns for any bridge 
crane loading. 

This building is of the Austin Standard 20 foot 
panel length, and may be built in any width in 
multiples of 50 feet. Side aisles are usually designed 
for 18 to 20 feet clearance. 

The generous metal sash areas along the sides 
of the building and in the wide monitor insure maxi- 
mum daylighting and excellent ventilation. 

Any of these types lend themselves to high speed 
completion. Sixty thousand square feet of floor space 

in ff) wnrk in or Have 


be built in 60 working days. 

'Results— Not Excuses 

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Austin No. 2 Standard, 90 x 860 Feet Built for New York Air Brake Company. 

Austin Standard 
Machine Shop 

1,000 Feet in 60 Working Days 

Normally this building is 90 feet wide, with 
three 30- foot aisles. I-beams are used, and may be 
cut to make the aisles any width less than 30 feet. 
The length may be any multiple of 20 feet. Daylight 
throughout the entire area is ample for machine-tool 

Auxiliary columns may be provided to carry a 
traveling crane in the center aisle; or a mono-rail can 
be carried by the trusses or beams. To form a level 
support for shafting, the beams are set horizontal. 
An extra set to support shaft hangers may be carried 
across the center aisle, as in the above illustration. 

Austin No. 2 Standard may be extended side- 
wise to include any desired number of aisles; and it 
may be used as the upper story of other Austin 

The list of owners of Austin No. 2 Standard includes Amer- 
ican Brake Shoe & Foundry Co., Erie, Pa.; A. P. \V. Paper Co., 
Albany, N. Y.; Cove] Mfg. Co., Benton Harbor, Mich.; Domin- 
ion Steel Products Co., Brant lord, Ont.; Eastern Brass & Ingot 
Co., Waterbury, Conn.; General Electric Co.. Schenectady. N.Y.; 
Moore Steam Turbine Co., Wellsville, N. Y.; Morgai Engineer- 
ing Co., Alliance. Ohio; New York Air Brake Co., Watertown, 
V Y.; Torbenson Gear & Axle Co., Cleveland, Ohio; Turner- 
Vaughn-Taylor Co., Cuyahoga Falls. Ohio. 

This type of building is given as a typical example. Other 

machine shop units are readily designed from the units illustrated 

on pages 7 and 10. 

oct as 191* 

Austin No. 2 Standard, built for Dominion St' 
Brantford, Ont. 


Section of No. 2 Standard, 

Interior of Austin No. 2 Standard, Dominion Steel Prod I 

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Center Aisle of Austin No. 6 Standard, Built for American Engineering Co.. Philadelphia. 

Austin Standards for Forge, 
Boiler and Wheel Shops 

Completed in 60 Working Days 

These three buildings are essentially similar 
except as to the width of the center aisle. In No. 5 
the center aisle is approximately 42 feet wide, and 
the side aisles approximately 31 feet each, giving an 
over-all width of 104 feet 8 inches. In No. 6 the 
center aisle is approximately 47 feet wide; in No. 7, 
approximately 57 feet. Reference to the cross- 
sections on this page will make the differences clear. 
Austin Standard Nos. 5, 6 and 7 can be furnished 
without side-aisles, as illustrated above, or the side 
aisles may be increased in width to 50 feet, to give 
more machine space. 

To make these buildings non-combustible, the 
purlins are of steel, and the roof of corrugated iron. 
Alternative roofing materials furnished as required. 
Wood roofs and purlin may be substituted if it is 
necessary to cut down the initial cost. 

With the high center aisle and the ventilating- 
sash in side-walls and monitor, there is excellent 
ventilation. Air currents enter through the side- 
wall ventilators, and move upward, taking smoke 
and fumes through the monitor-ventilators. All 
ventilator-sash may be connected to sash operator-. 

The center aisle may be provided with crane- 
rails for an overhead traveling crane. The crane 
capacity desired should be stated in any inquiries 
for these buildings. 

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Results— Not Excuses" 


Cross-section of Austin Standard Adapted to Locomotive-Erecting and Machine-Shop. 

Austin Standards for 
Locomotive Erecting 
and Machine Shops 

Completed in 90 Working Days 

Highly specialized buildings, such as transverse 
locomotive erecting and machine shops are readily 
constructed with Austin Standard Units. 

Austin Standards adapted to longitudinal 
locomotive and machine shop. 

The above cross section for instance is a typical 
example. The erecting aisles of this building may 
be made 64, 70, 80, 90 or 100 feet wide. The machine 
shop section in the center aisle may be made 100, 
150, 160, 170 or 200 feet wide, and equipped with 
bridge crane runways for any required loading. In 
any case, the columns and bracing will be designed 
and fabricated to provide for the required crane 
capacity. Five hundred feet of this building, or one 
similar, can be delivered complete and ready for 
occupancy in 90 working days. This high speed 
service will be undertaken on a penalty and bonus 

A 90-working-day delivery of the longitudinal 
locomotive-and-machine shop building, illustrated 
at the right above, is guaranteed by the Austin organ- 

The center aisle of this building is slightly over 
68 feet, the side aisles are 30 feet, but can be made 
50 feet wide if desired. There are other Austin 
Standards that will meet special conditions which 
may surround your work. Austin Engineers will 
gladly assist in the application of these standards. 

Architectural features may be varied to suit requirements. 



Austin Standard R. R. Buildings are of 
permanent and substantial construction. 

Want Action ? -Wire AUSTIN 


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Cross-section Railway Round-house. It represents the best features of round house construction on the principal trunk lines. 

Austin Standards for 
Round House Construction 

TN 75 working days from date of order you may occupy a twenty stall round house of the 
A aboye type of construction. Our engineers have investigated the modern types of round 
houses with a view to suggesting a typical section. The one shown represents the best ideas as 
gleaned from the latest types of round houses built by a number of the important trunk lines. 
It provides a permanent structure that obviates the usual ventilation and corrosion difficulties, 
and insures generous daylighting. 

Other sections or materials may be specified to meet special conditions but a quicker and 
more positive delivery of the complete house will be obtained bv using the materials and 
design shown in the above illustration. These include plain and" reinforced concrete in the 
building frame, and a combination of Tee-beam and floor tile roof construction. 

The Austin plan does not limit the length, width and spread of the stalls. All the essential 
materials in a structure of this kind are available in almost any locality. The cost is but little 
more than that for far less permanent structures. 

In an engine terminal layout, including buildings other than round houses, the schedule 

for building a round house is made 
sufficiently liberal to allow other terminal 
buildings to be constructed simultaneously 

and complet- 
ed within the 

The Austin 
is prepared 
to construct 
layouts in 

ord time. 


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'Results— Not Excuses 1 ' Wirim^ 

Austin No. 3 Standard with extended columns allowing crane operation on both side aisles- 
built for the General Electric Company of Schenectady, N. Y. 

Interior construction of the same building — broad unobstructed areas with plenty of light 

are the rule with Austin Standards. 


5 Want Action ?-Wiie AUSTIN 

Quick Construction of Special Buildings 

When considering The Austin Company for building-work, ask any of the corporations 
mentioned below concerning the Austin record on their work. Most of these jobs were specially 

Morgan Engineering Company, Alliance. Ohio 
Note the 100-foot span for trftveling-crtnee 


Pittsburgh Transformer Company, Pittsburgh 
Completed in 78 working days. 

American Engineering Company Ph 
Three buildings in 90 working | 

its Lomii 

•norc. Md. 

• Mil „ 

. J 1 jMHil 

General Electric Company. Lynn. Maw 
Thirty-six days ahead of time. 

Tidewater Oil Company. Bayonm 
Thirty days ahead of time. 

Ludlum Steel Compa 
Designed by Theodore W $3,000 bonus 

for completion one day ahead o' 

American Refractories Company. Baltin 
Buildings completed in 3' 2 months. 
On time to the day. 

Results— Not Excuses 

How to Use Austin Service 

*T*HE Austin Company renders a comprehensive and efficient service in 
A the design, construction and equipment of railway buildings. If you 
contemplate building, you owe yourself the satisfaction of investigating 
Austin facilities; for you cannot otherwise be sure of buying to the best 

Investigate the record of Austin per- 
formance in high quality, quick time, low 
price. See some of the Austin buildings 
near you, and talk with the owners. For 
this purpose we have furnished names and 
addresses throughout the book. 

Investigate the financial responsibility 
of the Austin Company. Look up its 
commercial rating. 

Then, when you have assured your- 
self that The Austin Company is able and 
responsible, consider whether your needs 
will be served by any of the Austin Stan- 
dard Railway-Buildings or their possible 
combinations. If so, you will save time 
and money. 

If you decide that your work must be 
distinctly individual, ask for a conference 
with Austin Engineers. 

If preliminary plans meet with your 
approval, tell The Austin Company to 
submit its suggested engineering-contract 
for preparing complete plans and specifi- 
cations, or to submit its prices under any 
form of building-contract you may prefer. 

Remember that The Austin Company 
will do all or any part of the work —engi- 

neering, construction and equipment, 


Develop your general plan and express it in terms 
of layout and buildings; 

Submit designs in competition with other engi- 

Accept orders for designs to be submitted to other 
builders for competitive bids; 

Build from designs made by other engineers; 

Work in co-operation with the owner's engiii' 

If your designs are to be made by 
your own engineer, instruct him for the 
sake of speed and economy to have them 
conform, so far as may be possible, to 
Austin Standards. 

If your designs are already made, 
allow The Austin Company to check them 
over, without charge. Such checks have 
often suggested possibilities of simplicity 
and economy. 

And finally: 

In sending your inquiry, be as definite 
and explicit as possible. State the purpose 
of the building, the area required, the size 
and location of the site, the nature of the 
ground, the desired date of completion. 

Write, wire or phone the nearest 

The Austin Company 

CLEVELAND 16112 Euclid Avenue 

NEW YORK 217 Broadway Barclay 8886 CHICAGO 

PHILADELPHIA 1026 Bulletin Bldg. Spruce 1291 DETROIT 

WASHINGTON 1313 H Street N. W. Franklin 6420 PITTSBURGH 

Eddy 4500 

437 Peoples Gas Bldg. 

1430 Penobscot Bldg. Cherry 4466 

493 Union Arcade Grant 6071 

INDIANAPOLIS 717 Merchants* Bank Bldg. Main 6428 

Export Representative: The American Steel Export Co. 
Woolworth Building, New York 

Austin Standards are readily adapted for crane operation. The above illu-trates an Austin-Built 

machine shop -Morgan En. mpany.